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Beckerman, Rimando, Morales among top 20 MLS players in FIFA 15

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

It's official "FIFA official" in that game we've all been waiting for (unless you prefer to stick with the old versions, which is fine too, because FIFA 98 was pretty fun, or maybe you prefer Football Manager like yours truly): Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, and Javier Morales are each in the top 20 MLS players in in FIFA 15.

It's worth keeping in mind that these metrics are not indicative of, you know, actually playing well in real life. They're supposed to be measures of ability and things of that nature.

Beckerman falls in at #17, just behind ... Marco Di Vaio. Fair enough, I guess, but seeing his passing rated at 67 is a little dismaying. He can hit those long, luxurious balls at times, but I suspect he's downrated here for trending toward short passes. Given the tactical importance of those things, I am not in the slightest bit upset that's what he does, but it's certainly not helping his rankings.

Rimando drops in at #15, ahead of comrade Javier Morales. He's 'silver' but he's pure platinum to us at Real Salt Lake. His reflexes are rated at 77, his diving at 76, but he only gets one little star in skill moves. Unfair, I think, because he's probably quite skilled. I assume. I mean, he doesn't really have to show it, and maybe it would be weird for a goalkeeper to rank really high in skill moves, but still — it's a concern. It's hard because he should get higher marks for things they really aren't going to care about with goalkeepers. Like being good with the ball at their feet. Sigh.

Morales enters at #14, behind Pedro Morales and Osvaldo Alonso (boo, hiss, etc), and his passing at 76 also seems a little low. They gave him good skill moves, which is nice, but c'mon — he's a better player than Federico Higuain, isn't he? He's our highest-rated player on the list. The rest? Well, let's just say they might as well be ordered in terms of salary.